Sunday, October 29, 2006

O.K. I never said that I would update on a regular basis or anything of the sort. It's been about 2 weeks since my last post. I'd like to say that I've been busy, but that's a load of crap.
Since my last post a few interesting things have happened. The day after the Cannonball Run race I took on the Incline at Manitou Springs for the first time. This was fun. By fun, I mean, just about the most painful experience I've objected myself to in a long time. By the way, if your going to attempt this railroad tie stairway that just goes straight up the side of, well basically, a mountain, here's a few suggestions that I will offer in retrospect. Don't attempt the day after riding for a good 8 hours on your single speed. Don't attempt after a big Mexican meal the night before where you also sampled the beer special, a few times. Also, jeans and a sweater are NOT the preferred apparrel for this venture, as I realized after being passed by several local members of the AARP, clad in shorts and underarmor.
I did make it to the top of the Incline, but my preparation could of used some major revision. The following week I managed a couple asscents of Gold Camp on the single speed. I also learned how to use a license plate to break into my apartment after locking myself out of it, but that's another story.
The following weekend was pretty miserable. Saturday was really cold. Got out for a 2 hour ride and thought that I could have possibly done some serious damage by the end of it. First real cold weather ride of the year and I was woefully ill-prepared. Felt lazy Sunday and just spent the time watching football, remembering why it is so horrible to be a Browns fan.
This last week I once again took out the single speed and went up Gold Camp Monday and Wednesday, opting for tooling around Palmer Park on Tuesday. Thursday, despite the snowstorm my Mum's flight made it in on time. Since then I've pretty much been filling up my weekend with the regular tourist-type stuff. Checked out the Coffin Races in Manitou Springs on Saturday (Kudos to the Springs Pub Crawl gang coming in almost dead last) and took the Cog Railway up Pike's Peak earlier today.
That's it for now. Sorry for the lapse in updates, I'll try to keep my ramblings more consistent from now on (twice a week should be sufficient, my life's not that interesting).

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Closed out the week in fine form. Took the day off thursday from any serious riding and instead got together with the group for the weekly Colorado Springs Bicycle Pub Crawl. Had quite a lot of fun, and despite the colder weather than we enjoyed last Thursday, there was still a pretty decent turn out.
For the last couple of weeks I've been pondering taking the single speed up Gold Camp. I was a little wary because the lack of gears could really hurt during that climb. Friday, however, was a pretty positive day at work, so I figured "screw it," and headed out right after clocking out. It wasn't pretty, but I think more of a mental challenge than anything else, and I eventually made it to the top, albeit a little slower than on my road bike.
Saturday was just a complete blast. Slept late 'til 10am. Ate a big breakfast at King's Chef. Then I hopped on the single speed and headed back up Gold Camp. I made it to the top more decisively this time, my prior uncertainty erased after Friday's ride. After getting to the end of the paved road (where I had turned around Friday) I kept going along the next 4 miles of unpaved, uphill dirt road, over to the parking lot at the top of Helen Hunt Falls. I saw some absolutely beautiful scenery, and bombing back down the dirt road and Lower Gold Camp into Old Colorado City was a blast.
The rest of the day meant more cycling. Meeting up again with the guys and gals from the pub crawl at Criterium Bike Shop, I joined up for the 2006 Colorado Springs Bicycle Pub Crawl Cannonball Run Race. This was basically a race that was also a scavenger hunt, with numerous checkpoint stops and tasks that every two-man team must complete along the way. Lots of fun, even despite the later rain showers.
After 8 hours of riding, I hit Jose Muldoon's for a big Mexican dinner. Went home. Put on the latest Red Dwarf dvd from Netflix, and promptly fell asleep.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Greetings, welcome to my blog. A new low for me, and that is saying something. Well it beats normal human interaction and takes less time than phone calls. That's right, if you haven't heard from me in a while and are too far away to perform the mirror test on me (to see if I'm still breathing) you can just check here, and maybe I'll even update this occaisionally.

Now, as far as this silly name goes, well, all the good ones were taken. So the cheesey Three Ring Circus was born. Partially from my love of cycling (three rings in the front, well two if your good), partially from the interesting/chaotic turn my life has taken lately. Whatever, like I said, all the good names were taken. So deal with it, and if you can put up with my incessant ramblings, well kudos to you.